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Property firm reveals plans for Thurso retail site

By SPP Reporter

The former auction mart site in Thurso.
The former auction mart site in Thurso.

PLANS for a new food and non-food retail development at Ormlie Road in Thurso have been submitted to Highland Council.

Glasgow-based property development company London & Scottish Investments Ltd (LSI) expects the new development of two retail units – totalling 38,500 square feet – to create hundreds of new jobs.

As part of the proposal, land will be made available for parking at Thurso Rail Station.

The application represents the first phase of development of this large site with the remaining land being considered for potential hotel, office, residential and student housing. LSI also intends to provide sufficient land to improve parking at the adjacent Thurso High School.

The former mart site was acquired by LSI from Tesco in August after the supermarket giant decided not to build a store as previously planned.

Bryan Wilson, group development director at LSI, said: "The economic redevelopment of this vacant site will be fantastic news for the Thurso area as we expect hundreds of new jobs to be created as a result.

"We are now in advanced discussions with a number of food and non-food retailers to occupy this development and hope to be able to announce these in the near future. Subject to receiving all necessary approvals, construction work would start on site immediately."

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